EQ Academy is here!

Posted 04-21-2016 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Academy

Today is the first day of our 3-day EQ workshop in Perrysburg, Ohio. We’re so excited to meet all the students! Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to see what’s going on at EQ Academy 2016! See photos from last year’s EQ Academy >> Want to come to our next workshop? EQ Academy will be hosted in Denver, CO too! Read more >>

Quick Tip Tuesday – English Paper Piecing Templates

Posted 04-19-2016 by Jenny | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

How do I print English paper piecing templates? You can print a whole sheet of English paper piecing templates from any of the One Patch quilt layouts. Start with a one patch quilt on the Quilt Worktable. Hexagons are the first shape to come to mind when you think of english paper piecing, but have you seen the Cobblestone layout available in EQ7? Octagons + squares = super cute! Click the Select tool . Click one of the patches to select it. Click Print > Block. Leave the size as Use size from quilt. Choose the style Outline drawing. Click the Options tab. Check Print as many as fit (leave other options unchecked). Click Preview and you’ll see a sheet of repeated templates for English paper piecing. Click Print. If your layout has more than one shape (like the Cobblestones layout), repeat the steps above for the other shape.

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #38

Posted 04-17-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

One color designs are my favorite to stitch at the machine.  With no constant thread changes  it can make for a quick design to stitch.  But sometimes I am not happy with the results.  If all of the design is stitched with one stitch type only it can look flat and uninteresting. When digitizing designs with your EQStitch program you can add more depth and interest by varying your stitch type.  Remember to use the properties bar at the top of the screen to change the stitch width, density, and direction.  Remove underlay stitches for a more open stitch look when possible.  Mix up various stitches in one design so your eye moves from element to element when viewing.  This is much more interesting than a single type of stitch through out the entire design. Since the one color design stitches continuously from segment to segment try to avoid jump

Cover quilt designed in EQ!

Posted 04-14-2016 by Christine | Posted in: EQ Quilts in Magazines Q&A

Another cover quilt designed in EQ7! This time it’s Jennifer Schifano Thomas’ quilt “Do-Si-Do” on the cover of Love of Quilting (May/June 2016). I’m sure you recognize it?! EQ: Congrats on making the cover of Love of Quilting! Your Do-Si-Do quilt is just beautiful! Is this your first time being in a magazine? How does it feel? Jennifer: Thank you so much!  I have been designing quilt patterns for magazines for over a decade.  My first design was Mulberry Square, published by Quiltmaker magazine in 2002.  Quilt designing started out as a fun hobby, but eventually became my full time career.  How does it feel to have a design published in a quilting magazine?  It feels wonderful, every time! EQ: How does a designer get his/her quilt on the cover of a magazine? Jennifer: That is a good question.  I’ve only been featured on a few covers.  My quilts that

Quick Tip Tuesday – EQ7 & Jelly Roll Projects

Posted 04-12-2016 by Jenny | Posted in: Quick Tip Tuesday

Kimberly Einmo has been an EQ user since EQ3 and we were thrilled to be able to work with her recently to create two EQ7 products from her popular books Jelly Quilts & More and Jelly Roll Quilt Magic (both published by AQS). The downloadable products contain EQ7 project files for each of Kimberly’s original quilts, along with 3-4 variations of each quilt.      Many of Kimberly’s designs use half-square triangles that finish at 2”. Standard “quilter’s math” tells us that you should add 7/8” to the finished size of a half-square triangle to find your cut size. EQ7’s rotary cutting charts follow standard quilter’s math, so you’ll see that it tells you to cut all those half-square triangles at 2-7/8”: Jelly roll strips are only 2-1/2”, so how do we use jelly rolls for these HST units? Kimberly has a ruler for cutting HSTs from jelly rolls called the

April – Win Riley Blake Fabrics!

Posted 04-10-2016 by Christine | Posted in: Contests EQ25

Congratulations to our winner: Cheryl Buoni! This contest is now closed. Thank you all for participating! See our contest schedule for next month’s sponsor! Welcome to the fourth of ELEVEN giveaways we’re hosting on our blog this year. Each contest will open on the 10th of every month and feature one of our 25th Anniversary sponsors. April Featured Sponsor: Riley Blake Designs!  They’ve provided 21 yards of fabric from the 21-piece collection: Vintage Kitchen by Jolijou To enter, answer these questions by commenting below: What are your favorite quilting magazines? – AND – Do you have a subscription? Wait, there’s more! Win an EQ7 on Riley Blake’s blog! EQ 25th Anniversary blog contests close at 9am ET on the 25th of every month. Winner announced on the 25th of every month. Participation in each monthly EQ contest counts as one entry toward the grand prize giveaways thus allowing for up

EQStitch Sunday Stitch #37

Posted 04-10-2016 by Yvonne | Posted in: EQStitch Favorite Posts Sunday Stitch

Waiting for inspiration to hit me.  So stressed over what to create in my software and what to write about it that it makes me really tired.  Oh wait!  That’s it!  I’m tired.  Might as well be inspired by that.  Take what you are feeling at the moment and use it as your inspiration to design something.  It doesn’t need to be something you will actually stitch out.  Just practicing with the tools in the program trying to express how you feel at the moment will help you to better learn the program tools and options. Launch your program    Set up the embroidery worktable to be 8 inches (200 x 200). I use this size a lot because it is a good size to design onto a quilt block and it is also a good size to create applique elements that are not too small to deal with effectively.

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